Dana McMillan

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Please Leave (a message), co-created by grantee Dana McMillan as part of the collective ClusterFlux for Form(at) Festival,
Camden People’s Theatre. Featuring performers (L-R) Linda van Egmond, Chris Whyte, Miray Sidhom and Jack Hilton.
Image credit: Joe Hazell.

Dana McMillan is a theatre maker whose research-based and cross-disciplinary practice encompasses solo and collaborative performance. Dana’s work uses devised processes to combine original poetic text with physical performance and examine how the queer feminine gaze operates in theatrical spaces.

After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Theatre Practice, Dana sought further formal training on intersections between physical performance, devised theatre, performance theory and immersive performance and to continue her academic research. A Cultural Trust grant supported Dana to undertake a Master of Arts in Advanced Theatre Practice at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, an industry-leading institution for teaching, learning and research in theatre practice. 

“Both personally and professionally my confidence and voice as an artist has grown. My solo practice and research have become more defined, and I have developed my critical performance skills, incorporating dramaturgy into my practice. Studying during a pandemic has been difficult especially in a course, which features collaborative performance making, however, it has also made me more resilient and able to think
in a cross-disciplinary way.”

Through her studies, Dana gained a professional network of collaborators and ultimately established ClusterFlux, an experimental performance collective that is scheduled to tour internationally in 2022. Dana plans to transfer her qualification from a Master of Arts to a Master of Fine Art, completing an additional year
of study and expanding her opportunities to present work and form industry connections in the United Kingdom.



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